For decades, education reform has been focused on curriculum, assessment, instruction, and more recently standards, and data, with these efforts only bleeding over into how students think briefly, and by chance. This means that the focus of finite teacher and school resources are not on promoting thinking and understanding, but rather what kinds of things students are going to be thinking about and how they’ll prove they understand them.
A team at Google Creative Lab recently turned to the $35 Raspberry Pi, the little machine that helps to teach kids how computers work. Talking about it led to what people at the Lab do best, and that is hatch.
"At my new school, we are in our second week of a 1:1 deployment of iPads. We are a smaller middle school (for a metro area school) with under 800 students. Our district also deployed iPads at three elementary schools and one high school.
"Today, I am sharing with you this awesome list of important articles on the power of hashtags. These reads have been collected and provided by Twitter Fan Wiki and I recommend them for anyone interested in learning more about how to tap into the potential of hashtags."
We want your students to be able to use your apps anywhere and at any time, eg also on the plane, on trains or busses. Therefore, users of your native apps can download the contents directly on their smartphones or tablets and use your apps even without data connection.
"We felt strongly that blended learning is not only a new and modern instructional model, but it’s proven. With an online component, you can use the classroom for project-based learning, enhance and remediate, enrich during the online time, and you don’t have gaps in learning." ..."We went with Blended Schools ( http://blendedschools.net/ ), which provides Common Core-aligned courses that teachers can adapt and make their own. In addition to our internal time for professional development, as part of the package Blended Schools provides support to teachers: on-site training, regular online webinars and other online professional development opportunities." Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/04/09/innovator-rich-kiker.aspx
At Harvard, more people have signed up for Moocs in a single year than have attended the university in its entire 377-year history. That's a great success story in opening up education, but what do you do with all those hungry minds?
Enter the Spoc. And the clue is in the "small, private" part of the name. These courses are still free and delivered through the internet, but access is restricted to much smaller numbers, tens or hundreds, rather than tens of thousands.
It means a selection process for applicants and the capacity for a more customised experience. Looking further down the track, it wouldn't be difficult to imagine fees and course credits.
Harvard and University of California, Berkeley, part of the edX online alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are among the universities beginning to experiment with this more refined model.
"Foldify is an iPad app that students can use to design all kinds of 3D figures on their iPads. After designing their figures students can print their designs with directions for folding their designs into 3D paper objects. Foldify provides basic templates for objects like cars, houses, and people. Students complete the templates by coloring them in, adding their own pictures to the templates, and adding fun digital stamps to the templates."
"We came across an interesting infographic from edweek which showed that 70% of the top selling educational apps on iTunes are geared towards elementary or pre-school children. It makes an interesting point about app development for middle and high school students. We wonder why is there such a gap between these two markets? "
Join Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez on Sunday, June 23, 2013 for Invent To Learn @ ISTE 2013, a workshop about making in the classroom. Join colleagues for an energizing day of “hard fun” as we invent, tinker, and “learn learning.” Participants will engage in a variety of projects using modern tools and technology – the perfect way to get ready for ISTE.
The location overlooking the River Walk is easily walkable from hotels near the ISTE conference site.
A delicious Tex-Mex lunch will be served along with continental breakfast and snacks. Makers need their energy!
Each attendee will also receive a copy of the just released book Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (a $34.95 value.)
Date: Sunday, June 23rd 2013 (You will have plenty of time to get to the ISTE opening session)
Time: 9AM – 3PM
Location: The Original Mexican Restaurant (map) 528 River Walk St San Antonio, TX 78205
Price: $85 includes 6 hour workshop, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, plus a copy of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.